In the Blog World:
Bhakti is Simple

by Gaurav Mittal

Posted December 9, 2009

My kids learnt a simple Hindi song this weekend:

खाते राम कहो पीते भी राम कहो
सोते भी राम कहो राम राम राम
राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम
राम राम राम

पढ़ते भी राम कहो लिखते भी राम कहो
चलते भी राम कहो राम राम राम
राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम राम
राम राम राम

Say Ram while eating; Say Ram while drinking;
Say Ram while sleeping: Ram Ram Ram
Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram
Ram Ram Ram

Say Ram while studying; Say Ram while writing;
Say Ram while walking; Ram Ram Ram
Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram
Ram Ram Ram

This is a very simple Hindi song with deep meaning. Basically, it means that we should keeping repeating "Ram" all the time irrespective of what we are doing. This basic concept of chanting the names of Krishna in this age of Kali-yuga is mostly known to almost all followers of Bhagavad Gita, Ramyana and Puranas like Srimad Bhagavatam. One does not need any special guru or special person to teach this. Just accept it and follow it.

Apart from repeating the holy names of Krishna, we should see every as part of Krishna and love and serve all living entities.

SB 12.2.41 - What can a person who injures other living beings for the sake of his body know about his own self-interest, since his activities are simply leading him to hell?

SB 10.2.22 - A person who is very cruel is regarded as dead even while living, for while he is living or after his death, everyone condemns him. And after the death of a person in the bodily concept of life, he is undoubtedly transferred to the hell known as Andhatama.

In Kali-yuga, we just need above 2 simple qualities. Love and see everyone as part of Krishna and keep repeating the names of Krishna while living in this world.

Unfortunately, we make the process of bhakti very complicated. First, we start considering ourselves as special even though Krishna loves everyone. This develops false ego and we start considering ourselves as superior than others and consider ourselves as savior of the fallen people. Some people feel superiority by claiming their guru as better than others like kids fight that "my daddy is better than your daddy". Some people use this process to show that they are pure or advanced devotee and they use this to get worship, adoration and service. They claim that since they advanced devotees, others should serve them or others should hear from them. We divert ourselves from simple process of remembering Krishna all the time and start engaging in debates on useless topics.

Anyways, the process of bhakti is for those who are simple hearted. Just remember Krishna while doing your activities and love and serve the living entities seeing them as part of Krishna.

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